With the ink barely dry on a new Barrie bylaw restricting the use of fireworks to specific holidays only, city police were called out to numerous complaints through the weekend.
Peter Leon, Barrie Police Corporate Communications Coordinator, told Barrie 360 there have been 47 fireworks-related complaints since Canada Day (there were 19 complaints filed on Canada Day).
In many cases, he said, the show was over, and participants had dispersed by the time officers arrived at the scene. Others, said Leon, were reminded of the new bylaw. (The City of Barrie had indicated there would be a period of ‘education’ with the bylaw being passed last week so close to Canada Day.)
The bylaw allows residents to set off fireworks on Victoria Day, Canada Day, New Year’s Day only, and for the duration of the recognized Lunar New Year and Diwali holidays.
Councillor Ann-Marie Kungl asked for the restrictions after residents reached out to her, saying that allowing fireworks five days before the actual holiday was too much. Kungl said she had fielded calls about fireworks being set off two weeks after Victoria Day, as well as concerns about animal welfare and people who suffer from anxiety.